Opening Doors to Opportunity

A goal set. A goal exceeded.

We set out to raise $8,000,000 and we beat it! Under the leadership of Campaign Chair Kirk Kinsell, more than 100 companies and individuals realized that the hotel industry – a supporter of 8 million jobs – thrives when its people, the heart and soul of the industry, are given educational opportunities. 

THANK YOU to all of our donors for their diligence and unwavering support in help make sure doors to a future in hospitality are truly open to all. View a full list of our generous Campaign supporters.

The industry puts its money where its future is.

The Opening Doors to Opportunity Campaign supports AHLEF's vital workforce development programs and research providing: 

$4,000,000 in Academic Scholarships

Growing the number of highly qualified associates for the greater industry through increasing the total number of scholarships awarded annually and increasing the individual scholarship amounts. 

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$2,000,000 in Professional Development Scholarships

The average cost to obtain a hospitality certification is $500. With your support, more than 4,000 individuals seeking to grow within the hotel and lodging industry will receive professional development scholarships!

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$2,000,000 in Industry Research

Critical to the growth of our industry and the profession are research studies - like the recent AHLEF funded study on illegal short-term online rentals. This research informs AHLA's strategic initiatives and helps members respond to industry issues. 

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